- Earlier, Governor Bello declared that he may run for president on the platform of the ruling All Progressives Congress in 2023
- Follwing this announcement, the governor started making moves to achieve his aim but in the process, he allowed himself to be duped by a fake endorser
- This revelation was brought to public notice by the Vigilante Group of Nigeria, which has decided not to align itself with Governor Yahaya's presidential bid
The Vigilante Group of Nigeria (VGN), has blamed Governor Yahaya Bello of Kogi state for allowing himself to be duped by one Usman Mohammed Jahuna who recently paraded himself as its Commander General and endorsed his 2023 presidential ambition.
The group, therefore, distanced itself from purported award and endorsement of the Governor’s 2023 Presidential ambition, insisting it does not delve into such matter, PM News report.
VGN Deputy Commander's claims
The clarifications were made on Monday, December 13, in a statement by VGN Deputy Commander, Yusuf Ibrahim Tanimola, on behalf of the group’s National Public Relations Officer, describing one Usman Mohammed Jahun as a serial impersonator of it’s CG, on the run.
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The serial impersonator
Jahun had led a group who claimed to be members of top echelon of VGN to Government House, Lokoja, where they declared their full support for the Kogi Governor to succeed President Muhammadu Buhari in 2023.
However, while admitting Governor Bello’s right to his 2023 ambition, the Deputy Commander explained that VGN is a paramilitary organisation, whose mandate does not include giving dubious awards and endorsements to politicians.
The statement reads in part:
“The Vigilante Group of Nigeria is a reputable organisation whose bill at the National Assembly has passed crucial stages and will soon be assented to by Mr President to enable it play its role of providing community-based intelligence backbone to overcome security challenges in the country.
“The organization will therefore not do anything to tarnish its well-guarded reputation by getting involved in partisan politics or foray into giving controversial awards.”
Kogi Governor Yahaya Bello presents new houses to wives of his late police escort rider
Meanwhile, Legit.ng had earlier reported that Governor Yahaya Bello of Kogi state on Wednesday, December 1 in Lokoja presented two houses to the wives of his deceased police escort, Inspector Aminu Salisu.
Bello presented the keys to the houses located in Abuja to the widows at the launch of the 2022 emblem for Nigeria's fallen heroes in commencement of activities to mark the 2022 Armed Forces Remembrance Day.
The governor said the houses presented to the late Salisu’s widows demonstrated the commitments of his administration to support the family of the deceased.